Dodgers outlast Padres to win 16-inning marathon

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SAN DIEGO — You enactment retired that precocious successful the Gaslamp Quarter, idiosyncratic is going location with regrets.

The Dodgers and San Diego Padres played for 16 innings Wednesday nighttime into Thursday morning. The longest crippled successful baseball’s ‘Free Runner Era’ lasted 5 hours and 49 minutes, featured 489 pitches, 51 at-bats taken with runners successful scoring presumption and didn’t extremity until 1 a.m.

The crippled was portion pitchers’ duel (Blake Snell and Walker Buehler for the archetypal 8 innings) and portion tightrope locomotion (everybody other for the remainder of the night) with the 2 teams combining to spell 3 for 39 with runners successful scoring presumption during 5 scoreless other innings earlier they started scoring runs successful pairs.

AJ Pollock’s two-run leadoff location tally – a confluence of shot presumption that was birthed past twelvemonth – successful the 16th inning yet held up for a 5-3 Dodgers victory.

“There’s conscionable truthful overmuch to unpack. But to travel distant with a triumph is huge,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said aft mounting a major-league grounds by calling for 8 intentional walks.

“A batch of high-fives, possibly a mates brew showers (in the locker country aft the game). Guys truly conscionable connected adrenaline and uncovering a mode to triumph a ballgame. Should number arsenic 2 but unluckily it doesn’t.”

The Dodgers and Padres were fixed 27 escaped baserunners successful other innings – 14 by rule, 11 by intentional walk, 2 much by regular locomotion – and looked each those acquisition horses squarely successful the face, stranding the archetypal 22 of them and going scoreless for 5 innings until the 15th inning erstwhile Billy McKinney and Trea Turner gave the Dodgers their archetypal pb with back-to-back RBI singles.

The Dodgers ran into 2 outs connected the bases – Max Muncy (in the 12th) and Will Smith (13th) caught successful rundowns little than 90 feet from ending the late-night ordeal. The Padres did it erstwhile – successful the 14th.

“It was beauteous frustrating. But nary 1 much frustrated than the hitters themselves,” Roberts said of each the runners stranded successful scoring position. “We had pitches we should person handled. We conscionable didn’t execute erstwhile we needed to. There’s surely a outgo successful the arms that we had to usage tonight. We’ll prime up the pieces for tomorrow.”

On defense, the Dodgers doubly intentionally walked back-to-back hitters (Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth some times) to load the bases with 2 outs. Each time, it brought up a Padres pitcher to bat and ended severely for them.

“It’s conscionable trying to find the champion mode to widen the game,” Roberts said, calling it “educated decision-making.”

“The pitchers inactive person to marque pitches erstwhile you load the bases.”

Seventeen alleviation pitchers appeared successful the game, combining to transportation 17-2/3 innings. The Dodgers’ archetypal 8 relievers astir threw a no-hitter — the Padres went 10 innings betwixt hits (some of it against Buehler) until Fernando Tatis Jr. re-tied the people with a two-run location tally disconnected Corey Knebel successful the bottommost of the 15th.

“I can’t accidental capable astir those guys,” Roberts said. “We needed each 1 of those outs.”

Long forgotten by the clip it ended was the gem betwixt Snell and Buehler.

Snell retired the archetypal 11 Dodgers successful bid Wednesday. One of those outs came successful the 2nd inning erstwhile Wil Myers went backmost to the partition and pulled a Corey Seager alert shot backmost from implicit the fence, a robbery homage to Pollock’s outstanding drawback successful Tuesday’s game.

The 11th retired successful Snell’s no-hit drawstring came connected different alert shot to the wall. Muncy’s thrust mightiness person travel up conscionable abbreviated of location tally region but Padres halfway fielder Trent Grisham went up astatine the partition and caught it earlier it could bash immoderate damage.

Buehler held up his extremity of the high-level pitchers’ duel. He allowed conscionable 3 hits successful 6-2/3 innings, striking retired eight.

One of those hits near the bat astatine conscionable 69 mph and traveled little than 80 feet, but it drove successful the lone tally of the archetypal 7 innings.

Cronenworth chopped a crushed shot to the close broadside to commencement the 2nd inning. Trea Turner chopped successful beforehand of Seager to tract it past threw crossed his body, precocious and wide of archetypal base.

The throwing mistake near Cronenworth astatine 2nd basal and helium moved to 3rd connected a crushed retired 2 batters later. That’s erstwhile Myers chopped a crushed shot weakly up the 3rd basal enactment – truthful weakly that Justin Turner could lone tract it and clasp the shot arsenic Cronenworth scored from 3rd connected the infield single.

That unearned tally looked similar it mightiness clasp up arsenic the quality until Padres manager Jayce Tingler sent Snell backmost retired for the eighth inning.

Snell struck retired Chris Taylor to commencement the inning and lucifer the longest commencement of his career. He threw his career-high 115th transportation to Smith – who sent his 116th into the near tract seats for a game-tying location run.

The nighttime was inactive young astatine that point. It ended a tick abbreviated of 1 a.m., astir six hours aft it started, with the Dodgers’ 10th pitcher and 23rd subordinate of the night, Shane Greene, retiring the Padres successful bid successful the bottommost of the 16th.

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